How to Customize the Quick Access icon in Windows 10?

Quick access is a Windows 10 feature which shows you the list of frequently accessed folders and recent files. Also, under the Quick access section in the File Explorer navigation pane, you can pin your favorite folders. This post tells you how to customize the Quick access icon from the default slanted blue star icon to something else of your choice.

Want the yellow star icon instead of the slanted blue one? Here is the registry edit that does that.

Customize the Quick access icon Windows 10

Quick access icon can be modified by editing the “DefaultIcon” registry key under the corresponding {GUID} key, just like the way you customize the icon for any other shell folder in Windows. Use these steps:

Start the Registry Editor and go to the following key:


Create a subkey named {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}

Under {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}, create a key named DefaultIcon

With the DefaultIcon key selected, double-click the (default) value in the right-pane.

Type in the custom icon file (.ico) file path, if you’ve created one already. Or, to change the Quick access icon to a yellow star icon used by “Favorites”, as in Windows 7 and 8, use the icon from imageres.dll


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Exit the Registry Editor. Close all folder windows and reopen to check if the Quick access icon is updated. If not, log off and log back in, or restart the Explorer shell for the change to take effect.

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Quick access icon in 100% DPI

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Quick access icon in 125% DPI

The yellow star icon may not be the fanciest of the stock icons inside imageres.dll or shell32.dll nor does it accurately represent the functionality of Quick access. But the post may have served its purpose — to tell you how to modify the Quick access icon in the registry.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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